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How Important Is A New System's Launch Lineup To You?

Obviously, a strong launch lineup is important for any new video game system.

But if you ask gamers about the reasons they bought a console, the initial titles is only one of many reasons. The question is, how much stock do you put into the launch games for a brand new machine?

There are some veteran collectors - mostly from the old school - who simply must have any new console that's released, so the launch lineup is almost irrelevant. Then you've got those who are looking to the future; they've done a lot of research and they're lying in wait for the games they really want. Others aren't even pinpointing specific titles; they're just weighing the system itself. In other words, they're evaluating its power, capability, reliability, price, etc.

In the PlayStation world, you will find a great many fans who bought a PS platform based on the promise of something huge. For instance, how many do you think bought the PS3 because of Final Fantasy XIII? Little did they know the game would eventually go multiplatform. Also, remember how huge Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec was? It was arguably the first true-blue system-seller for the PS2. And that's the key: Will there be any system-selling titles for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One when they debut later this year? I suppose you could mention Killzone: Shadow Fall for the PS4 and Forza 5 for the Xbox One...but is that enough?

Personally, I do put a lot of stock in a launch lineup. But I also look to the future; I expect certain things, and that's part of the reason I pick up a new console. How about you?

Tags: ps4, ps4 launch games, ps4 launch titles, next generation

7/24/2013 9:52:24 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (26 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 10:36:54 PM
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It kind of depends on what's sitting in last gen's backlong, but I think the promise of things to come is more important. This launch is looking ultra weak but I still want a PS4 as soon as possible cuz it's a PS4 dammit.

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frylock25
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 11:36:44 PM

thats about how i am thinking. i keep going back and forth about spending the money or waiting a few months and getting after i get my tax return when i will have more money and there will be more games. i dont want to wait but its a ps4 dammit

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556pineapple
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 10:42:34 PM
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It's a factor for how soon I'm willing to drop money into the new console, but it's not a factor for deciding which console to buy. If that was they case, I would have bought an Xbox 360 instead of a PS3. I knew the PS3 was more capable and had faith in blu-ray over HDDVD, and I turned out to be right, as the PS3 has given me more use than a 360 would have.

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bebestorm
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 11:00:32 PM
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Im all about the games... Ill get a PS4 when MGS V, FF XV or something from Rockstar releases.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 11:48:50 PM
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I'm happy with there being one game to keep me busy till more games come out. Honestly the biggest thing for me is the rush of getting something new that not too many people have. It makes me feel like a kid opening up the box and getting acquainted with the new machine.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 12:10:54 AM

That new console smell

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Johnnyu12
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 12:56:53 AM
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Personally I don't mind either way, I'm still getting a ps4 whether its got the goods or not

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Gamer46
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 1:21:17 AM
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For me it's a combination of price and games. I didn't buy a PS3 at launch because it didn't have any games I felt I needed to play. Resistance was good but not good enough for me to spend $600 on day one. On the other hand, Wii's launch lineup wasn't awesome but it had a new Zelda game and was only $250, that's a no-brainer. This time around, Sony has two day-one exclusives in Killzone: Shadow Fall and Drive Club that are very intriguing and inFamous: Second Son and The Order: 1886 being in the 'launch window' really helps. In addition we have Sony's indie initiative that has already produced many great games and I'm sure will lead to many more on PS4. Then there's the just right price of $400. For this gen, PS4 offers the best day one value, now we just need to hope the system can outsell the Xbox One early on so developers will make Sony's console the lead platform this time around.

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MrAnonymity
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 2:00:26 AM
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A strong launch lineup is definitely strong incentive to purchase the console day one, but in the end it isn't a huge deal for me.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 2:12:19 AM
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yeah i agree with you about the ps4 being the lead platformer cos otherwise we're all gunna get held back again gotta feel for the PC guys. but i also hope we get more platformer/ character action games cos i love em' and i get bored with FPS's enough though the likes or skyrim and ac3 tokeep me busy for awhile, but it will be very painful if xbox is the lead platform 'again' sigh.

happy gaming =)

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kraygen
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 2:59:53 AM
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I want it for sure, but I don't see any reason to buy it until it has an exclusive game I want. Staring at it's fun and all, but I'd rather play it.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 3:42:45 AM
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for me the launch title is important cos i want a gud game or gud bunch of games to get me going. but hey thats just me

happy gaming =)

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 4:04:20 AM
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I think the launch titles for a console are very important, you need agood titles to start of with a bang. Look at the Wii-U for example, it's been floundering about for nearly 2 years now. When really it should have had such titles like Mario, Zelda, Smash Bros ect. I tell you, had this Xenoblade 2 been released as a launch title I would have bought the console day 1 (That is, if it is a single player JRPG, with all the footage we've seen I don't know if it is an MMO or JRPG...)

Regarding the PS4 launch titles... I honestly do not care for them. I will take it one step further and say I have yet to hear of a PS4 exclusive which I care for. Thhis gen all the titles I cared for Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Tekken, Devil May Cry - they've all gone multiplatform.

So why buy a PS4? Well I want to play games like Metal Gear Solid V for a start. But in all honesty beyond the initial price and not having connect... I guess it is really just out of principle... But if the Xbox starts hogging more exclusives like how they already have Dead Rising 3... maybe I could jump ships, regarding titles anyway.

But I would not want an Xbox Inconsistency. Purely because of Kinect, I just hate the idea of a console having a camera attached 24/7 At the moment that is the only point I can think of which puts the PS4 ahead for me...

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Ninja_WafflesXD
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 8:59:36 AM
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Launch titles for me are very important, due to the fact that I believe its about the game; not the system itself.

While I was hoping to get a PS4 at launch (would've been the first time buying ANY system at launch), the exclusive that I'm most interested in, Infamous: Second Son, doesn't release until February.

I'm also interested in Watch Dogs and AC IV, but due to them being released on this generations' consoles, there's not much incentive for a PS4.

It's a waiting game for me....

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___________
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 9:23:35 AM
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how important is tires for your car?
how important is a battery to your phone?
seriously, whats with the stupid questions lately!?
whats a system without launch titles?
hey i know, lets go spend 500+ bucks on something just for the hell of it!
who cares that theres nothing to actually do with it yet.........

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DjEezzy
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 9:40:21 AM
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To me. I do care about the launch lineup but honestly... Killzone, Watchdogs, BF4 and FIFA14 should all be available at launch. Thats more than enough for me. Oh by the way. Amazon has more launch bundles avaiable!!! Knack, Watchdogs, BF4 and Killzone Bundles. Might want to jump on that!!!

Oops sorry, didnt realize there was a post about that subject. I fail. LOL


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Ultima
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 9:57:06 AM
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Launch lineups are traditionally irrelevant for me. With -very- few exceptions, I only purchase a system for Final Fantasy or Street Fighter, so unless one of those happens to be at launch - it has yet to happen - launch lineup means nothing to me.

Hence, I'm not likely to purchase a PS4 before the end of 2014, or whenever FFXV drops.

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Akuma07
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 10:05:43 AM
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I will be a launch day buyer, because I am a techno whore. I must have every piece of new technology day one. My console of choice for next-gen is the PS4, therefore, I need it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 10:50:01 AM

It's good when a person can admit it

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DrRockso87
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 11:00:37 AM
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The launch lineup isn't what necessarily attracts me. I don't need over a million PlayStation 4 exclusives at launch to be happy with no other games coming at a later date.

What I need is confirmation that my investment is sound. I need to know there will be games in development for later release (30 would do) - Check! I need to know the hardware won't overheat - Check! I need to know the price won't bankrupt me ($400) - Check! Plenty of multiplat titles as well as exclusives available at launch? Check, check, check!

I think now that Sony has learned from all their mistakes with the PlayStation 3, this generation will go much smoother. If they designed the PS3 as more developer-friendly instead of that useless Cell processor, they would have had a MUCH better launch and more third-party content (even Mark Cerny confirmed that). So, yeah.

Count me as excited!

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Condemnedsoul23
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 11:09:07 AM
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Did anyone know A Kanye West RPG Game Now Exists?

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telly
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 1:12:48 PM
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It's a combination of both. I want to power up my new system on day one and be really impressed by it -- I think Watchdogs and Killzone will scratch that itch for PS4. But it's probably even more important that the system have a clear, virtually certain plan for regular quality for years to come. With Sony you get that. To say nothing of the third party games that should, by all accounts, be at LEAST as good on PS4 as the Xbox One, you get games from Naughty Dog, Santa Monica, etc. that you simply can't get anywhere else.

I'm looking forward to the Day 1 games, but even more excited to see what's coming a year or three down the road.

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ethird1
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 1:18:13 PM
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Remember the N64? It had like 3 games or something like that come out for it. But it sold very well and was well worth it all because of one game, Mario 64.

Sony needs to have a lot of games. I may like Uncharted, but it is no Mario 64.

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Sol
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 8:26:55 PM
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Granted I've never had the opportunity to get a console at launch, I'd say that if hypothetically speaking I could, I'd say the launch line-up is very important. With hundreds of titles from previous generations to catch up with, if a new generation came out with a weak lineup, then I simply wouldn't be interested. Of course by "weak" I mean that it doesn't very well keep up with my on personal taste. RPGs are my origins, they brought me from casual to hardcore, then to straight up awesome, with action adventure second, survival horror third, and First2Third-person shooter last. Give me one solid and interesting title for each of these genre, then I'd definitely considering going next-gen on launch honestly.

I think Versus XIII and Kingdom Hearts 3 will definitely be system sellers this next generation. Second Son, The Phantom Pain, and Watch Dogs are also some other system sellers I can think of.

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JROD0823
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 9:25:35 PM
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I think that launch titles are definitely a motivation for the hardcore gamer when it comes to buying a system at or soon after launch, but these initial titles are in no way indicative of the kinds of titles that come out later in a console's life cycle and I don't feel like launch titles define a console's future in any way.

Did anyone ever in their wildest dreams believe that we would see a masterpiece like The Last of Us when the PS3 came out in 2006?

I sure as hell didn't, but man, am I glad we did. :)

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Gregory Freeman
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 9:54:17 PM
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Personally, I never purchase a next gen console on day one, so for me a strong launch line up is irrelevant. However, for a company introducing a new product, a strong launch line up is extremely important.

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